Enbridge historical news clippings: No. 1 of 19
A map from the December 1949 issue of Monetary Times shows the route for Interprovincial Pipe Line Co.'s Edmonton-Great Lakes Pipe Line (now called Enbridge's Line 1).
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This article from the July 1950 issue of World Petroleum shows crude oil sources for Canadian refineries, and hails the arrival of Enbridge's Line 1 to provide access to Canadian crude.
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Regina Leader-post coverage from March 1950 of Edmonton-Great Lakes pipeline construction, chronicling the life of pipeline crews and their "race against time and the elements" during a harsh winter on the Canadian prairies.
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Life in the Regina pipeline construction camp as Enbridge's Line 1 crossed Saskatchewan, as chronicled by the Regina Leader-Post. The camp was made of 26 aluminum-covered trailers, housing and feeding more than 160 workers.
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More camp life courtesy of the Regina Leader-Post from the spring of 1950. Given that this Interprovincial Pipe Line Co. venture represented Canada's first long-haul pipeline, many of the more experienced workers came from the United States, including the chief welder from Lake Charles, LA, and chief inspector from Oklahoma.
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News coverage from spring-summer of 1950 as the Edmonton-Lakehead pipeline neared Regina. An extremely wet spring hampered efforts, particularly in Manitoba and southeast Saskatchewan.
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According to the Regina Leader-Post, 571 miles of the Edmonton-Lakehead pipeline were completed by July 1950. In an incredible feet of engineering, all 1,150 miles of the pipeline from Edmonton to Superior were completed in 150 days.
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The July 1950 issue of Construction World profiles the construction timeline for Line 1, with its installation of 1,150 miles of pipe in 150 days "the fastest work schedule ever set for a project of this size."
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An extra edition of the Vancouver Province from Oct. 8, 1957 reports the opening of Westcoast Energy's BC Pipeline (now owned by Enbridge) from the Peace River region to British Columbia's Lower Mainland. The project had "no equal in Western Canada," and to this day transports 55 percent of the natural gas produced in the province to the Vancouver area, the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and points beyond.
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Images of Caterpillar D-8 tractors, published in the July 1950 issue of Construction World, that did much of the heavy lifting associated with the construction of Line 1.
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"OIl industry revolutionized": Wire service coverage from Oct. 3, 1950, when Alberta Premier E.C. Manning officially opened the block valve at the Edmonton starting point of Line 1 to begin transporting Alberta crude to Regina refineries.
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World Petroleum in July 1950 notes the completion of the Interprovincial Pipe Line "marks an important milestone for the petroleum industry of Western Canada."
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A photo from Construction World in the summer of 1950 showing a pipe bending machine used on Line 1.
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A map from the official May 1951 opening of Interprovincial Pipe Line's Superior Terminal and shipping port. Until Enbridge's Line 5 was completed in 1953, oil from Line 1 was shipped by tanker on the Great Lakes from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario.
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"In the prairie provinces, with particular emphasis on Alberta, there is a greater concentration of the major oil companies and larger independents than in any other place on the North American continent," reports Construction World in the summer of 1950.
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The Canadian Press reports Interprovincial Pipe Line Co.'s expansion plans in October 1951: "By the end of the first year's operation, Interprovincial will have delivered 13,000,000 barrels of crude oil to Superior for water transport to Ontario markets." Enbridge now moves more than 3 million barrels of crude oil and liquids each day on the world's longest and most complex crude pipeline network.
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This June 1953 article by the Detroit Free Press reports that the "last lap of the world's longest crude oil pipeline" being built by Lakehead PIpeline Co. (now known as Line 5) will bring prices down at the pumps in Michigan and "promises to overcome major transportation difficulties that have beset Detroit's gasoline supply."
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The Saginaw, MI, News reports in December 1952 that Saginaw "will have an important role" in the construction of Line 5.
Enbridge historical news clippings: No. 19 of 19
This 1951 newspaper clipping shows the official launch of the tanker Imperial Woodbend in Collingwood, ON. It was one of two tankers that shipped Western Canadian crude from Superior, Wisconsin, across the Great Lakes to Sarnia, Ontario, until the completion of Line 5 in 1953.